Chair: Lisa Clark Diller
Faculty: Lisa Clark Diller, Shannon Martin, Mark Peach, Katherine E. Sheffield, Michael Weismeyer
Program Coordinator (History): Lisa Clark Diller
Program Coordinator (INDV): Shannon Martin
History is the study of the human experience. It investigates mankind’s ideas, institutions, and activities. In pursuing this investigation, history courses at Southern Adventist University emphasize the Christian view of humanity. This perspective recognizes both the potential and the limitation of human endeavor and thereby permits a broader comprehension of the past and a greater hope for the future.
Planning Your Major
History majors have a large amount of flexibility within their course of study. All majors should work closely with their academic adviser to plan for maximizing their educational time through judicious choices of classes, second majors and/or minors. Academic advisers are also a good source of wisdom in regard to thinking about employment after graduation and/or the pursuit of graduate school degrees.
Description of Political Studies
The mission of the International Development Studies program (formerly Global Policy and Service) is to provide students with a greater understanding of the politics of the global arena and to enable students to develop practical skills to serve intelligently and with cultural sensitivity, fostering the compassion of Jesus in a world of desperate need.
- A maximum of three hours may be earned through AP or CLEP for the history/GPS major or minors
- Nine hours must be taken in residence.
Assessment of seniors consists of two parts. First, in late fall semester of their senior year students (history majors only) will take a national standardized major field exam in history. Second, at the beginning of the fall semester seniors will take a departmental exam. Preparation for this exam will constitute: 1) reading a selected few classics of historical literature; 2) reviewing one’s major area course work utilizing several thematic questions provided by their major faculty; 3) creating a comprehensive c.v. detailing the student’s undergraduate experience. The subsequent examination will be in the form of a one-hour interview of the candidate by the history faculty. The oral examination is graded on an A, B, C, F basis. Honors is granted to students scoring better than ninety-five. A failure requires further preparation by the student and another interview before graduation.
Upper-division major area classes seek to improve skills of writing and speech. All such classes require analytical writing as part of the course work. Additionally, many classes involve discussion and oral class reports as partial basis for the student’s grade, most notably Research Methods, which requires all majors to give an extended formal presentation of student research.
History and Political Studies as a preprofessional degree: A student majoring in history, political science, or international development studies who plans to enter a professional school in an area such as medicine or law must present a balanced program of general education classes and electives that will support the professional objectives.
History and Political Studies Department tours: The Department regularly sponsors study tours. The purpose of these tours is to provide students and other participants with an enhanced understanding of history, politics, and culture through a combination of traditional lecture and reading with direct observation of cultural sites. Academic activities connected with the tours require students to spend an amount of time equal to that expected in a regular classroom setting. Preparatory meetings and assigned reading are included in this computation. Course credit is offered under HIST 294 /HIST 494 for International Tours and HIST 296 /HIST 496 for U.S. Tours. Cost of the tours includes charge for academic credit. Up to six hours of departmental tour credit may count toward the history major or minor.
As general education: Freshman and sophomore students earning general education credit in history and political studies normally take courses from the 100 and 200 level. Junior and senior students meeting General Education requirements in history should select courses from the 300 and 400 level.